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Pittsburgh
01-21-2010, 11:02 AM
The Penguins have recalled forwards Dustin Jeffrey and Nick Johnson from their farm team in Wilkes-Barre.

That suggests that either Max Talbot or Pascal Dupuis -- or, quite possibly, both -- will not be available when the Penguins face Washington tonight at Mellon Arena at 7:38. Both were injured during the Penguins' 6-4 victory against the New York Islanders Tuesday.

Jeffrey, 21, is the Baby Penguins' top scorer (and fifth in the American Hockey League) with 43 points on 13 goals and 30 assists. He also leads Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in plus-minus (plus 12), shorthanded goals (3) and shots (125).

Johnson, 24, has 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 26 games to rank fifth on the team in scoring.

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Pittsburgh
01-21-2010, 12:06 PM
The Good News: Dupuis was not paralyzed after being hit by that goon Sutton, who only received two games.

The Bad News: Dupuis still might play tonight, so we might not even see Johnson suit up tonight against the Capitals.

While Jeffrey being called up does not come as a surprise to me, it will be interesting to see how Johnson performs if he is given the chance. Like Caputi, he's good around the net. He also prides himself on playing a two-way game and has unpredictable speed with some moves to go along with that speed. I'm not exactly sure his strength and consistency are where they should be, but I guess we shall see.

We have already seen what Jeffrey brings to the table. A gritty player with a great work ethic and who is solid along the boards, but not a player I would consider a gifted goal scorer or skater for that matter. In my opinion and going on what I've seen of him in camp and during games, he doesn't have a future as a top six forward in this organization. That's not to say he doesn't have a future as a solid third or fourth line player.

On that note, it should be a hell of a game tonight. In the world of hockey, nothing beats going to a Caps vs Pens game in person. Although a Pens vs Flyers game is very close when it comes to pure hatred and intensity. I still give the edge to the Pens vs Caps meeting only because of the Crosby vs Ovechkin/Malkin vs Ovechkin storylines.

RuthlessBurgher
01-21-2010, 08:21 PM
I was amazed when the ref didn't call a penalty immediately after that hit on Dupuis. It looked like he wasn't planning to call anything until he saw that Pascal donated a pint of blood to the ice.

The officiating in that entire Islanders game sucked out loud. The ticky-tack penalty shot call, and the other non-existant tripping call on Cooke in the 3rd period, plus the non-call of the blatant trip of Talbot by Roloson right in front of the ref (the broadcasters tried to justify it as some sort of a make up call for the delay penalty they called on Roloson earlier, but that is hogwash). I might have been able to stomach it if they called coincidental minors (goaltender interference on Max and tripping on Roloson) but to call nothing at all there was just outlandish and embarrassing.

Pittsburgh
01-22-2010, 12:57 PM
And back down they go....


The Penguins have reassigned forwards Nick Johnson and Dustin Jeffrey to their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm club, an indication that forwards Max Talbot and Pascal Dupuis are likely to return from injury and play Sunday at Philadelphia.

Johnson and Jeffrey played in one game, last night's 6-3 loss to Washington, during their short promotion. It was Johnson's first NHL game, and he scored once.

Talbot (undisclosed injury) and Dupuis (facial injury) missed that game.

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